Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !
The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.
All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).
The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :
- Reels : The most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
- Jigs : This category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
- Hornpipes : Another common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
- Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.
The Maids of Mount Kisco (often spelled “Mount Cisco”) is a very popular session tune. Mount Kisco is actually a place in New York State. I have learned this great reel through various sessions and associate it with the playing of two great ladies in particular, Kitty Hayes and Elizabeth Crotty.
I first learned “Josephine Begley’s” many years ago from Terry Bingham’s album, on which he calls this tune “Mairtin O’Connor’s”. I only found out in February 2021 that this hornpipe was in fact a composition of Frankie Gavin. It is the great flute and concertina player from Laois Tommy Fitzharris who provided me with this information.
“The Maids of Mitchelstown” is a wonderful tune that was made popular by The Bothy Band, on their album Out Of The Wind Into The Sun. I believe the original key was D minor, and I learned it in that key from my friend Tom Delany. It is also quite common in E minor in sessions around Doolin, as recorded by the great band Moher.
“The Humours of Tullycrine” is a wonderful hornpipe and has been one of my favourite tunes for many years. It is quite a common hornpipe in Clare, and I associate it Sean Vaughan in particular. It is often followed by another beautiful hornpipe, “Mickey Callaghan’s Fancy”.
This is a very famous reel associated with Joe Cooley, the great accordion player from Peterswell in Co. Galway. The original title of this tune was “The Tulla Reel” I believe, but it has been known as “Cooley’s Reel” for a long time now, and it is very often followed by “The Wise Maid”.